Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
PS: I can't believe I'm on my 100th post already! This is what happens when one turns into a hermit for a month. Cray-zee. I need to get a life.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I can't believe my own perseverance. I actually got up at 8:30 AM on a Saturday, tugged on my fave Gucci rainboots, and hightailed it to the Hermès sample sale. I thought maybe since the weather was supposed to be crappy today, there wouldn't be a huge crowd. I was right. I managed to get in relatively quickly and was transfixed with the beautiful silk scarves and ties for a good hour. Scarves were at $225, 40% off the regular price $375. Men's ties were at $102 - $118. The leather goods were ho-hum, as expected. I only saw 3 Twillys in rather hideous colors.
But I don't care because I have a gorgeous new silk scarf! $225 is still a painful price to pay for a slip of silk, but knowing that I'll use it until I'm 60 eases the pain a little.
To those still pondering whether they should go or not, I say go! There was no line when I left at around 11am, and there are still plenty of pretty scarves, if that's what you're in the market for. The sample sale is on til 6PM today. Last day is tomorrow, Sunday, from 1-6PM. Location is 125 West 18th Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues, 4th floor.
I knew it was time to go home when I picked up this plant, fell in love, and immediately forked over the $3 to call it mine. Mika says I should stop buying plants because I uh, keep killing them. But I'm sure this time it'll be different. How gorgeous is she? I almost feel like I should name her.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Thanks to my lovely friend Vanessa, who took photos of me when we weren't ogling the snipers on the rooftops of the UN.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
... DEFEAT. Utter defeat. I had to give up after an hour of lining up brought me to about 15 meters from the door (that's still faaaar in sample sale lineup time). So sad ... must do comfort shopping after work to ease the pain ...
1. The very basic and very sexy turtleneck dress. I like the asphalt color. I like the chichis too. I wish they came with the dress.
2. I have to admit, this chick is hot, and the sheer desire to get some of that sex appeal to rub off may fool me into buying a droopy $22 tank top.
3. Eeek! Her face and visible nips freak me out every time. But it looks like a great top, and worn with a bra it could even possibly be work appropriate. AND it's on sale for $12!
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Degas flats have become a staple in Carla Bruni's wardrobe, so she can keep on equal footing with the Prez
Carla Bruni rocking the heels on the runway in her past life as a super
Why must you torture me so? I want quality in my life. Simplicity. A less cluttered closet. Fewer, finer pieces. But you keep tormenting me with incredibly adorable little things and tempting me with LOW LOW LOW prices. Why can't I quit you??
Cropped boucle jacket for $34.80
Sunday, September 21, 2008
smudged eyeliner & mascara leftover from last night
This down coat is actually cut to sculpt to the waist so that I don't look like a walking marshmallow in it.
where the bag is also, incidentally, available!
We started the night at Paladar. I got there early and considered stopping in one of the many clothes shops lining Ludlow Street. But then a sign that read "Mojo y Mas! Happy hour, all drinks half price 4 - 7 daily!" caught my eye. It was 6:54 so I rushed in and ordered 2 mojitos stat! Very good decision. Their mojito was strong and so refreshing, with well muddled mint, just the right amount of tartness from the lime, and a piece of sugar cane stuck in for good measure. Love munching on sugar cane marinated in alkie! Kathryn came and we ordered some bites from the pan-Latino menu. She had quesadillas, while I ordered the Costillas 'LES'—tender and very meaty pork spare ribs flavored with guava BBQ sauce, and served with an addictive slaw of mango, jicama (AKA singkamas to Filipinos) and cabbage. Soooo good. And everything we ordered was $9 and below! This is now officially one of my new favorite spots in the city.
After eating, we moved on to Verlaine, which has a sick happy hour that goes on until 10PM everyday. We consumed glass after glass of their delicious lychee martinis. I think Verlaine makes the best lychee martinis—and not just because they cost $5! They do not skimp on the vodka but mix it so nicely with lychee and pineapple juice that before you know it, you've lost count of how many you've had and you're walking out without your belt and scarf and ... I should stop before I incriminate myself further. Needless to say, this is one of the best happy hour spots in the city. Everyone needs a Verlaine night every so often for giggles.
Paladar at 116 Ludlow Street near Stanton Street
Verlaine at 110 Rivington Street near Essex Street
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The detail is breathtaking upclose: embroidery, tiny silk-covered buttons along the side. I imagine it feels heavenly too. I, however a) cannot afford it, and b) will need therapy if I snag these leggings, and I can't afford that either! But I get the idea. Today's leggings are more like very delicate and very unforgiving trousers, but worn with the right pieces and right body, one can look very sleek and chic indeed.
Moving on. PVC leggings. These are by Les Chiffoniers for $405 at Net-a-porter. Super über rocker chic. I think they're badass and would love to hit the clubs in them. However, I have images of Ross in that Friends episode when he's stuck in the bathroom cos he can't get his leather pants back on. PVC plus sweat plus NY's teeny tiny bathroom stalls? Uh-uh.
Which leads me to these, which are probably the most comfortable yet stylish leggings one will ever find. These are Love Yaya coated terry leggings, $138 at Intermix. They're really terry so they must be pretty comfy. But the coating makes them leather-esque and they have these rad cuts and pockets. Nice.
Suddenly, I have an epiphany! Shiny flashy leggings were thought up by those who wished they could club in comfort. However, since plain cotton leggings will not get you past the doorman at Mansion, they glossed 'em over and paired 'em with killer heels, a long slouchy tunic/tank and a hot clutch (see below), et voilá! Sick chic with sick comfort.
Now that I get it, I have to be able to afford it. Affordable options:
1. American Apparel shiny high waisted leggings for $44
2. Silence & Noise coated leggings at Urban Outfitters ($38)
3. Members Only liquid leather leggings, $88 at Bloomingdales
I just might be able to do this.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If I was a rich girl, this would be my fall bag: Chloe's Cyndi tote in the perfect shade of gray leather ($2200). Last year I was able to snag my dream brown Paddington hobo at a Chloe sample sale. I wonder if the fashion gods will smile on me again this year? One can dream.